SHIURIM & LECTURES
We feature a full range of Shiurim (including Daf Yomi) & Lectures given by Renowned Speakers and Magidei Shiurim throughout Yom Tov. The Directors and Rabbonim of the Jewish Heritage Center, Rabbi Naftali Portnoy and Rabbi Moshe Turk, both popular speakers among secular and learned audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Eretz Yisrael spearhead a talented staff of renowned speakers and magidei shiurim presenting shiurim and inspiring talks. throughout Yom Tov.
Rabbi Naftali Portnoy has served as the Co-Director of, and Senior Lecturer at, the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island, an internationally renowned Kiruv Center, since 1988. Together with Co-Director Rabbi Moshe Turk, he developed this respected organization, which since 1987 has reached out to more than 15,000 Jewish Adults throughout the Metropolitan New York area. More than 1,500 of their students have become fully Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos and over 8,000 have made significant strides towards deepening their commitment to Torah Judaism. Rabbi Portnoy has a deep grasp of psak halacha and has conferred extensively with g’dolei poskin both in America and Eretz Yisrael on varied and delicate matters of halacha as they apply to baalei teshuva.
Rabbi Moshe Turk is the founding Co-Director of, and Senior Lecturer at, the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island, an internationally renowned Kiruv Center. Together with Co-Director Rabbi Naftali Portnoy, he developed this respected organization, which since 1987 has reached out to more than 20,000 Jewish Adults throughout the Metropolitan New York area. More than 2,000 of their students have become fully Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos and over 8,000 have made significant strides towards deepening their commitment to Torah Judaism. Rabbi Turk is a warm and engaging speaker who has lectured to both learned and secular audiences throughout the country and in Eretz Yisrael.
RENOWNED GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Rabbi Label Lam, co-founder of Foundations for Jewish Learning and a renowned orator, is a popular Senior Lecturer at Jewish Heritage Center Retreats for many years. A former full-time lecturer for Arachim Seminars, Rabbi Lam has been inspiring businessmen and college students for Ohr Somayach International and Hamayan Institute for almost two decades. He brings to his lectures his rich life experience, a profound wit and an infectious love for K’lal Yisrael. His insights on the weekly Parsha are received by more than 15,000 subscribers weekly and can be found at torah.org. Rabbi Lam is currently principal of Yeshiva Shaarei Zion in Forest Hills, Queens.
Esti Hoffman is Limudei Kodesh teacher at Machon Sara Torah Academy for Girls High School. Her Chumash and Navi classes focus on deriving practical lessons from Tanach and applying them to daily life. She is a dynamic speaker with a unique ability to make lessons of chazal memorable and practical.
Rabbi Yosef Singer, Menahel of Mesivta Chofetz Chaim in Queens is a dynamic speaker, respected machanech and sought after shadchan. Additionally, he has endeared himself to thousands of Jewish Heritage Center hotel guests, having been the uplifting Baal Musaf of our Yomim Noraim Hotel programs for nearly two decades. To all of his diverse roles he brings a wealth of Torah knowledge, an insightful grasp of people; particularly today's youth, and a warmth, humor and dynamism which empower his talks, discussions and interactions. Not limiting contact with his talmidim to their High School years alone, Rabbi Singer maintains a relationship and haspa'ah with many of his alumni for years after. As a result of this, he has branched out into the arena of shadchanus, becoming heavily involved in, and highly successful at, setting up and guiding young people into successful matches. Rabbi Singer joins us this Rosh Hashana with his combined roles of Baal Tefila, speaker and shadchan.
Leading our davening this Yomim Noraim will be our Baal Musaf, Rabbi Yosef Singer, Menahel of Mesivta Chofetz Chaim in Queens. His heartfelt nigunim and powerful t'filos have uplifted the davening of thousands of mispallelim over all of these years. Our other inspiring baal tefila are Chaim Kurz and Yaakov Portnoy. Together our chazanim combine to present a set of t’filos on the Yomim Noraim that both captivate and rouse our olam to join in what is always a particularly powerful davening experience. Indeed, time and time again we hear from our mispallelim how they feel their entire year is different because of the chizuk they get from these t’filos on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
SHADCHANIM & SHIDDUCH PROGRAM
Each Yom Tov we have well known Shadchanim from different communities on site and available to meet. Workshops and forums for singles and parents of singles provide insights and advice. Our shadchanim follow up aggressively after Yom Tov to advocate on behalf of those they meet at our Programs. In fact, many successful shidduchim have come about through these Yom Tov Hotel programs!
Our lead Shadchan this year is Mrs Chana Rose. Also with us and available to meet is Rabbi Yosef Singer. Guests are encouraged to send any Shidduch resumes they may have to our shadchanim before Yom Tov so they can look over even before you meet them.
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Mrs. Chana Rose
Rabbi Yosef Singer
Our Daycare Preschool Program and Day Camp are under the experienced direction of Mrs. Maayan Davis Mrs. Lorey Friedman, who have been providing years of exciting, creative and professionally run programs and activities for younger children. An abundance of indoor and outdoor space, together with our warm and very dedicated staff guarantee our children the time of their lives so their parents can get the most out of their davening and shiurim on Yom Tov.